Richmond Gains Additional Netball Courts To Meet Rising Demand

Richmond Gains Additional Netball Courts To Meet Rising Demand

Acting Victoria Minister for Sport Martin Foley

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The Andrews Government is building new state-of-the-art netball courts in Richmond.

Acting Minister for Sport Martin Foley joined Member for Richmond Richard Wynne at Melbourne Girls College today, which is one of two schools in the City of Yarra getting new netball courts.

Netball is one of Victoria’s most popular grassroots sports. There are more than 145,000 participants across the state, but in many locations demand for court hire has outstripped supply.

“Netball is as popular as ever, but there isn’t enough court space to accommodate the thousands of Victorians who take to the court each week. We’re fixing that.” Acting Minister for Sport Martin Foley said.

“State-of-the-art new courts in Richmond will give budding young stars more opportunities to play the game they love, when they want and where they want.”

“We’re listening to groups like the Richmond Netball Association, who say they need more space for games to keep up with spiralling participation.” Mr. Foley said.

Three courts at Melbourne Girls College and two at Richmond West Primary School will do just that.

“Soon there will be more netball courts in Richmond than ever before, and that means the local league can continue to keep pace with unprecedented interest in the game.” Member for Richmond Richard Wynne said.

“We’ll keep working with the Richmond Netball Association to ensure local players and their families are put first.”

The courts will come complete with floodlighting, paving the way for more midweek evening action, and competition-standard acrylic surface will give budding players a space to play they can be proud of.

It’s a big win for students too, who will soon be able to hone their skills in the school grounds.

It’s all part of the State Government’s Inner City Netball Program.

“We’re building 64 new courts in inner Melbourne, ensuring nobody is turned away from playing the game they love.” Mr. Foley said.

Young netballers will get to see their heroes in action at the Fast5 Netball World Series, where the world’s top six netball nations will take to the court at Hisense Arena.